A man who allegedly drove at 200 km/h to get Panadol for a baby with a toothache made an angry outburst when a magistrate refused him bail, accusing her of having “no heart at all”.
“Do you realise how I’m treated like in here?” 39-year-old Jayden Charles Mann yelled in the ACT Magistrates Court on Tuesday (26 July), claiming he was still wearing the same clothes he had worn since arriving in jail.
“You got no heart at all,” he told Chief Magistrate Lorraine Walker.
“I think this is a joke.”
Mann was arrested on 14 July 2022 after police tried to stop a car he was allegedly driving in Wanniassa. Police say it sped away at 200 km/h in a 100 km/h zone.
The car travelled into north Canberra where it allegedly reached 170 km/h in a 60 zone, then onto Ginninderra Drive in Bruce going 140 km/h. It reportedly drove into the path of an oncoming vehicle and had to take evasive action to avoid a collision.
Police say the vehicle did not stop until they set up a tyre deflation device at Kaleen. Mann and his passenger were apprehended following a foot chase and he allegedly told police he had taken a point of the drug ‘ice’ several hours beforehand.
His bail was revoked that day and he represented himself when he applied to be released on Tuesday.
“I’m trying to do the right thing. I’d just stuffed up at the time,” he said.
He said he had to get Panadol for a baby with a toothache.
“My Mum was in Evatt. I was going to get Panadol from my mother’s house,” he said.
Mann, who has a lengthy criminal history, said he had “stuffed up” many times when he was younger, but as he got older, he realised “I want to change my ways”.
He began to cry when his mother spoke up in court, appealing for him to be released.
But Chief Magistrate Walker said it appeared there was a strong case for the prosecution and the alleged offences involved an unacceptable risk to others in the community.
She said while his explanation was he wanted to get Panadol for the baby, that did not explain the nature of his alleged driving.
She refused bail before Mann began his outburst, much of which was indecipherable.
Mann was charged with dangerous driving, failing to stop for police, drug driving and driving while disqualified, among other unrelated charges. He has not entered pleas and will return to court at a future date.